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Nancy Sutcliffe

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

Glass engraver and gilder

I trained and worked as a Medical Illustrator before discovering glass engraving, and drawing is still key to my artistic practice. I regard my process as drawing on glass, but using diamonds and stones instead of pencil and pen.

Using a small tool much like a dental drill, the crystal is carved and abraded, each mark capturing light within the object to give the illusion of 3D.

The “fabulous beasts” here are creatures from my imagination, engraved and inlaid with precious metals. The gold, palladium and pink silver leaf is inscribed by hand with a diamond point to form intricate circular patterns.

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Artwork for Nancy Sutcliffe


engraved & gilded crystal


engraved & gilded blown crystal

'fabulous beasts'

engraved & gilded glass


engraved crystal



Canon Bridge, Madley
01544 388842
For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I enjoy the constant challenge, to create, to improve and to be original. It’s not easy but when it works there is no better feeling. 

CV & Education: 

Huddersfield Polytechnic:  Art Foundation.1975

North Staffs Polytechnic:  BA Hons Design.1979

West Dean College: Glass Engraving 2004 2005 2015

Pilchuck Glass School. Seattle USA: Glass Engraving summer school 2008

Frauenau Germany: Glass engraving symposium 2014

Practice & Activities: 
I exhibit widely, both in the UK and Internationally and teach in the UK and Germany. I work to commission and sell through Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery in London, juried exhibitions, or from my Studio. I am able to take a small number of students fo

One solo show. All others selected/juried/invited group shows.

  • 2017 CGS at Vessel Gallery, London, UK
  • 2017-2015-2008-2006 British Glass Biennale Stourbridge, UK
  • 2017 And they engraved happily ever after. Glasmuseum Immenhausen, Germany
  • 2017 Peter Layton 80th celebrations. London Glassblowing Gallery, UK
  • 2017 CGS 20th Anniversary Exhibition. Etienne Gallery, Netherlands
  • 2016 Mirror mirror Solo show: Eisch Gallery, Frauenau, Germany
  • 2016 Connections CGS: Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
  • 2015-2016 Gravur on Tour [visiting seven European countries]
  • 2014 Vitrum Balticum Glass Biennale: Kaunas, Lithuania
  • 2014 Glastage Zwiesel, Germany.
  • 2014 Flitting Johansfors Gallery, Sweden.
  • 2014 Coburg Glass Prize finalist’s exhibition Coburg, Germany
  • 2014 Body Talk Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark.
  • 2013 Ramadan Art Fair Ghaf Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi. UAE.

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